Reed: 'It's looking really good right now'
Ed Reed rode in a cart from Reliant Stadium to the practice fields across the street. He got out of the cart, said hello to Texans owner Bob McNair, then addressed the Houston media for the first time since the press conference after the team signed him.
Since then, plenty has happened.
Reed had hip surgery for a “slight tear” in his labrum in Colorado on April 30 -- he stayed there for a month to rehab -- and has been rehabbing ever since then with the aim of being ready for training camp and then the first week of the season.
But recently, while with his former team, the Ravens, as they went to the White House, the custom for Super Bowl-winning teams, Reed revealed that his readiness for the first week of the season was in doubt. Reed didn’t extinguish that doubt on Tuesday.
“It’s going well right now. There’s really no timeline,” said Reed, who spoke to congregated media members for around 12 minutes. “I know what I want. I know what we want as an organization. We’re just going to keep on grinding and keep on shooting for September.”
There’s no timeline, just working and rehabbing for now.
“Like I said, we’re going to keep working out this offseason and once training camp comes, we’re going to have a better beat on it as far as my progress,” he said. “Right now, I can tell you it’s going well. No setbacks. Actually just coming from working out. As you can see, I’m a little fatigued from them getting the best of me.”
Reed, 34, said on his initial trip to Houston, the problem in his hip wasn’t caught. Reed said on a subsequent trip, the team found the tear with an MRI.
Reed described this surgery as minor compared to the one he had a few years ago. “I definitely feel a lot different than I did the last time,” he said. The arthroscopic procedure Reed has this time is much less invasive than one he had before the 2010 season. That injury forced him to miss the first six games of the 2010 season.
As far as when he was injured, the only play he mentioned was when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady kicked him in the AFC Championship game. Reed said Brady called him afterward to apologize. Brady was fined $10,000 for the sliding kick.
Reed played in the Super Bowl after the kick to the hip in the AFC Championship game. He said he also had two MCL sprains in the Super Bowl, one of them being a “second-degree” one.
“If they got any questions, I think that can answer the questions about your heart and how I play and how I work,” Reed said of the MCL sprains.
Reed was not in Houston during the team’s Organized Team Activities over the past few weeks. He was instead in Atlanta rehabbing. Reed is in Houston now during the team’s mandatory minicamp.
While Reed wouldn’t get too far into the likelihood of his playing in the first week of the season, he again made sure to point out that he’s worried about the later part of the year.
“I’m a lot stronger, if you ask my trainers, ask my doctors, they can’t believe where I’m at right now,” he said. “It’s still a process. Regardless, we want to be smart through it because at the end of the day, the smartest thing to do is be ready when it really counts at the latter part of the season, when you’re making that run.”
Reed said his goal is to make it to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season.
“My goal is New York, if you really wanna know,” Reed said. “I think everybody knows that because that’s the ultimate goal at the end of the day. It’s not San Diego (Week 1), it’s not Baltimore (Week 3), it’s not New England, it’s not the Colts, it’s New York. I’m talking about the Super Bowl, if you must know. That’s my goal. That’s our goal.”